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The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic lineup consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist and singer John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, and have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Their contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall Stack, large PA systems, the use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon's influential playing styles, Townshend's feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by many hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs are still regularly played. The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain" (1965), reached the UK top ten, and was followed by a string of hit singles including "My Generation" (1965), "Substitute" (1966) and "Happy Jack" (1966). In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released "I Can See for Miles", their only US top ten single. The group's 1969 concept album Tommy included the single "Pinball Wizard" and was a critical and commercial success.

Further festival appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight, along with the concert album Live at Leeds (1970), established their reputation as a respected rock act. The success put pressure on lead songwriter Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up Who's Next (1971), including the hits "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Baba O'Riley", and "Behind Blue Eyes". The group released another concept album, Quadrophenia (1973), as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy (1975). They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You (1978) was overshadowed by Moon's death shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed touring, and released a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of the group, they split in 1983. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. A full reunion began in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle's death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed until 2006, with Endless Wire. Since Entwistle's death, the Who have continued to perform and tour, most commonly with Starkey on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, and Pete's brother Simon Townshend on second guitar and backing vocals. In 2019, the group released the album Who and toured with a symphony orchestra.

Articles

June 30, 2022

The Who’s 50 Greatest Songs

From power-pop anthems to operatic epics to stadium-size rockers and beyond

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June 20, 2022

Roger Daltrey has two generations of Townshends in his UK solo tour band

The Who frontman's UK tour kicks off today (June 20) The post Roger Daltrey has two generations of Townshends in his UK solo tour band appeared first on NME.

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June 9, 2022

Watch Tenacious D perform The Who medley in aid of gun safety

“Who better to deliver a tribute to the greatest rock opera of all times?" The post Watch Tenacious D perform The Who medley in aid of gun safety appeared first on NME.

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May 27, 2022

Ann Wilson of Heart Talks Queen & The Who Covers, Plus New Music on Behind the Setlist Podcast

Ann goes song by song through her show at the Neptune Theater in Seattle on Oct. 13.

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May 19, 2022

Rare white label pressings of The Cure’s albums are going up for auction

Releases from Coldplay, Biffy Clyro, Foals, Charli XCX, Iron Maiden, The Who and more are also being sold off The post Rare white label pressings of The Cure’s albums are going up for auction appeared first on NME.

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May 17, 2022

The Who’s Manager Talks ‘Very Emotional’ Return to Cincinnati, What He Said to Pete Townshend Before Show: Exclusive

Bill Curbishley tells Billboard that Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was "very upset" that COVID prevented him from joining the band on stage during Sunday's show.

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May 17, 2022

The Who return to Cincinnati for the first time since 1979 tragedy: “There are no words”

"You never get over it, but you gotta live" The post The Who return to Cincinnati for the first time since 1979 tragedy: “There are no words” appeared first on NME.

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May 16, 2022

The Who Pay Tribute to Lost Fans in Poignant Return to Cincinnati, Get Help From Eddie Vedder, High School Choir

The show included a video from the Pearl Jam singer as well as an assist from local teen musicians.

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May 13, 2022

Pete Townshend Hopes The Who’s Emotional Return to Cincinnati 43 Years After Tragedy ‘Will Bring Us All Together’

The band hasn't played in the Queen City since 11 fans were killed in a crowd crush in 1979.

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May 6, 2022

The Who’s Pete Townshend says he “tried everything” to keep Keith Moon alive

"I was obsessed with trying to keep Keith alive" The post The Who’s Pete Townshend says he “tried everything” to keep Keith Moon alive appeared first on NME.

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May 2, 2022

Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher, The Who, AC/DC, Depeche Mode donate to Teenage Cancer Trust auction

Flights to New York and a VIP experience at The Who’s Madison Square Garden gig are up for grabs The post Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher, The Who, AC/DC, Depeche Mode donate to Teenage Cancer Trust auction appeared first on NME.

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April 28, 2022

The Who’s Pete Townshend Says Audible Original ‘Words + Music’ Allowed Him to Talk About ‘Dangerous’ Period in Career

The guitarist touches on his first kiss, Keith Moon's death and struggling to keep The Who together during a tumultuous time in the band's career.

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April 24, 2022

Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’

It's the latest in their long-running 'Sunday Lunch' series The post Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ appeared first on NME.

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April 17, 2022

Watch The Who play orchestral ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ on ‘Colbert’

The band are about to begin a two-part 2022 North American tour The post Watch The Who play orchestral ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ on ‘Colbert’ appeared first on NME.

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April 16, 2022

The Who Perform ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ from London’s Royal Albert Hall on ‘Colbert’

Performance was filmed during a charity gig, which included several Who rarities

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April 8, 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers to stand in for Foo Fighters at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Other artists billed include The Who, Stevie Nicks and more The post Red Hot Chili Peppers to stand in for Foo Fighters at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival appeared first on NME.

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March 29, 2022

Watch The Who play Pete Townshend solo track for first time in 33 years

The band also debuted 'Beads On One String' in support of Ukraine The post Watch The Who play Pete Townshend solo track for first time in 33 years appeared first on NME.

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February 8, 2022

The Who Will Play Concert In Cincinnati, 42 Years After Tragedy

The British rock band will take the stage at the TQL Stadium on May 15, WCPO-TV reported Monday.

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February 7, 2022

The Who Announce 2022 Tour

The Who Hits Back! Tour is the group’s first trek since the 2019 Moving On! Tour

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February 7, 2022

The Who announce huge ‘The Who Hits Back!’ 2022 North American tour

The band will play two runs of dates across the year The post The Who announce huge ‘The Who Hits Back!’ 2022 North American tour appeared first on NME.

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February 7, 2022

The Who Announce 2022 North American ‘Who Hits Back!’ Tour

The upcoming tour will again pair Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend with orchestras.

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February 7, 2022

The Who Announce Dates for 2022 North American Tour

Band's upcoming shows will once again pair Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey with local symphonies

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February 6, 2022

The Who’s Pete Townshend seems to be making a new solo album

Townshend’s most recent efforts as a solo artist came in 2015 The post The Who’s Pete Townshend seems to be making a new solo album appeared first on NME.

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January 20, 2022

Stevie Nicks, The Who, Foo Fighters & More to Headline New Orleans Jazz Fest

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is heading back to the Big Easy this spring.

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November 14, 2021

The Who’s Roger Daltrey labels The Rolling Stones “a mediocre pub band”

However, he says that in Mick Jagger they have "the number one rock'n'roll performer" The post The Who’s Roger Daltrey labels The Rolling Stones “a mediocre pub band” appeared first on NME.

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October 14, 2021

Ed Sheeran wants Elton John to knock him off the top of the UK singles chart

"Who doesn’t wanna be knocked off by Elton anyway?" The post Ed Sheeran wants Elton John to knock him off the top of the UK singles chart appeared first on NME.

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October 14, 2021

ITZY reveal they started working on ‘Crazy In Love’ while promoting ‘Guess Who’

"We have prepared it for quite a long time" The post ITZY reveal they started working on ‘Crazy In Love’ while promoting ‘Guess Who’ appeared first on NME.

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October 13, 2021

The Break Presents - Nardo Wick

Who want smoke with Nardo? Continue reading…

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October 7, 2021

The Who’s Pete Townshend leaves behind his home studio as he vacates residence of 26 years

The musician's London home was sold back in August The post The Who’s Pete Townshend leaves behind his home studio as he vacates residence of 26 years appeared first on NME.

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Discs

Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival

June 4, 2021

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The Who Sell Out (Super Deluxe)

April 23, 2021

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WHO (Deluxe & Live At Kingston)

October 30, 2020

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Beads On One String (Yaggerdang Remix)

October 6, 2020

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WHO (Deluxe)

December 6, 2019

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Baba O'Riley (ConfidentialMX Remix)

March 20, 2019

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The Who at Live Aid (Live at Wembley Stadium, 13th July 1985)

January 1, 2018

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Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall

September 15, 2017

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The Girls I Could've Had (Demo / 2016 Mix)

October 13, 2016

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The Seeker (Juggernaut Remix)

March 4, 2016

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Live In Hyde Park

November 20, 2015

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Love Reign O'er Me (Lovelife Remix)

July 31, 2015

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I'm Free (DJ Sae One Remix)

February 6, 2015

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Be Lucky

January 1, 2014

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Quadrophenia - Live In London

January 1, 2014

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Live At Hull

November 19, 2012

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Quadrophenia (Super Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 2011

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My Generation Remix

January 1, 2010

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Endless Wire

October 30, 2006

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Wire And Glass

July 17, 2006

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Tea & Theatre

January 1, 2006

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It's Hard

January 1, 1997

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Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

October 29, 1996

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Join Together (Live U.S. Tour/1989)

January 1, 1990

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Face Dances

March 16, 1981

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Quadrophenia (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

October 5, 1979

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The Kids Are Alright

June 8, 1979

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Who Are You

August 18, 1978

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The Who By Numbers (Expanded Edition)

October 3, 1975

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Who's Next (Expanded Edition)

August 14, 1971

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Who's Next

August 14, 1971

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Live At Leeds (Expanded Edition)

May 16, 1970

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Live At Leeds (2010 Super Deluxe Edition)

May 16, 1970

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Tommy

May 23, 1969

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Tommy (Deluxe Edition)

May 23, 1969

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The Who Sell Out (Expanded Edition)

December 15, 1967

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A Quick One (Expanded Edition)

December 9, 1966

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The Who Sings My Generation (U.S. Version)

April 1, 1966

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My Generation

December 3, 1965

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My Generation (50th Anniversary / Super Deluxe)

December 3, 1965

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